At the heart of the conflict, three cities transferred from Somalia to Afar, following the drawing of the border between these two states, in 2014, by the federal government, then led by a multi-ethnic coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF ). Since then, the Somalis have tried to win them back.
At least 200 people were killed and several wounded yesterday July 24, 2021 in an attack by the Afar armed forces on the town of “Garba cisse” located between the states of Afar and Somalia. The slaughtered civilians are women, children and the elderly, we are saddened by the senseless slaughter of the poor innocent civilians. Nothing in the world justifies the collective murder of civilians.
The first responsible are the federal governments of Ethiopia and the regional government of Afar state. We appeal to the international community, the international solidarity association, but also human rights NGOs.